Tell us a bit about yourself?

Born on 2ndJanuary 1957 in Ellon, Aberdeenshire, married to Cath on 23 February 1980 and still happily suffering one another, one son Des born in 1982 who is motorbike daft, have stayed in Carnoustie the home of golf now for 20 years.   


What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Don’t have a lot of spare time with looking after Cath who is disabled, but being a proud Freemason is my main hobby which can take up a lot of time, we are not a secret society we are a society with secrets there is a difference.


For us non Dundonians what would you recommend to do in Dundee? What’s the highlights?

Dundee has quite a few good bars and restaurants that are well worth a visit. The new V&A museum at the refurbished waterfront should prove an attraction along with the planned music concerts throughout the year.


The acquisition from DJ Laing to NWH Group is fairly recent, how was the transition for you?

After working with DJ Laing for 38 years I was a bit apprehensive to start with but the transition to NWH has been good, getting into the way of things and we are busier at Petterden now which is not a bad thing, and looking forward to some needed investment in the site to make it easier to compete in some of our markets.


What does a typical day look like for you and what are your main duties here in the Petterden depot?

Working day usually starts between 5.30 and 6am catching up with paperwork and filling in site diary, have daily talk with site operatives mainly about days activities or something that may have happened on previous day. Cover weighbridge from 7am to 8am then from 16.00 to finish of day. Routinely check plant during day and quality of product being produced. Cover on any items of plant required during day, usually only on holidays now. Travel to the Gourdie site in Dundee to go over site requirements and daily operations with site supervisor and carry out H&S checks onsite and keep sites paperwork and safety requirements up to required standard.   


What do you enjoy most about your job?    

Daily challenges


What three words would you use to describe your role?  

Busy, challenging, rewarding 


What was your first impression of The NWH Group?  

Was impressed that with the size of the group it was still being run as a family firm with core values.


What has surprised you the most about working with The NWH Group?

Knew of the NWH Group prior to the acquisition but never realised the size and diversity of work carried out.


Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Having turned 61 in January 2018 I would like to say retired, but wait and see. 


Finally tell us what is your highlight with the NWH Group so far?

After years of neglect at Petterden seeing some much needed investment in the future is a welcome sight.